The summer months are a great time to make improvements to your home. Regardless of where you live, a well insulated home is more energy efficient and will lower energy costs. There are a number of things you can do as a homeowner to improve the energy efficiency of your home.
Regardless of whether you live in a colder area or a hotter area, properly sealed windows can help to reduce the cost of heating and cooling. Sealing cracks around windows and doors with a bead of silicone prevents warm or cold air from leaking out or getting in and is an easy and inexpensive improvement.
Lower The Temperature Setting
We all love our homes to be ice cold in the summer and toasty warm in the winter. However, lowering the thermostat by just a degree or two in the winter or raising it a degree or two in the summer, can really make a difference in heating and cooling costs.
Adding additional insulation to an attic or outside walls can help to reduce the amount of heat or cooling loss. Insulation types are varied and relatively inexpensive. Insulation can be laid down or blown into an attic or even injected into existing walls using spray foam insulation Maryland.
Have your Furnace and AC Units Checked
A low cost way to improve the energy efficiency of you home is to have your furnace and air conditioning units inspected each year. Clogged air filters can inhibit the flow of warm and cool air, causing the furnace or air conditioner to work harder to achieve the temperature setting, which raises energy costs. Regularly changing of overdue air filters should be on your improvement checklist.
Doing some or all of these simple things now will make your home more energy efficient as the seasons change!